Coningsby Norbury was born in 1768 the son of Richard Norbury and Mary his wife, nee Penrice.  They lived in the parish of St Peter's Droitwich.

He was the third person to bear this christian name in the Norbury family.  The first two, his uncle and great uncle were captains in the Royal Navy with distinguished careers.

Coningsby Norbury did not follow them into the Royal Navy but on 11 June 1785 at the age of 16 became an articled clerk to Edward Penrice, an attorney, his uncle, who lived in PRIORY HOUSE.  He was contracted to serve five years.

He was successful in his career and became an attorney of his Majesty’s Court of King's Bench.  In February 1794 he agreed to take Edward Bookey Penrice, son of Edward Penrice, as his articled clerk.  The contract was witnessed by Charles Sabery of Droitwich, Gentleman and William Burrish of Droitwich, Gentleman.  By 1833 Coningsby had become Bailiff of Droitwich and also a Justice of the Peace.


Whilst working for Edward Penrice he had met Edward’s daughter, his cousin, Ann Danett Penrice who was born in 1779.  Edward Penrice and his daughter had moved from Droitwich to Woodnesborough in Kent.  Coningsby and Ann were married on 10 September 1800 at Woodnesborough and they returned to Droitwich and resided in PRIORY HOUSE in Friar Street.

Their only child, Mary Anne Norbury, was born on 21 September 1801. 

Ann Danett Norbury died on 25 March 1804 aged 26 and was interred in Dodderhill churchyard.

Coningsby Norbury inherited Norbury House in Friar Street after the death of his father in 1800 and lived there with his sister Mary who remained a spinster.  Coningsby died 17 May 1840 and was interred in the Norbury grave in Dodderhill churchyard.

In St Andrew's Church his daughter Mary Anne erected a tablet to her father’s memory with the inscription ‘CONINGSBY NORBURY, a magistrate & deputy lieutenant of the County of Worcester, departed this life in the hope of a better one on the XVII day of May, MDCCCXL.  In memory of a devoted father, MARY ANNE, his only child inscribed this tablet’.


UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874

Will of Coningsby Norbury Probate 13.8.1840 NA Kew

St Peter’s Church Registers  The Hive Worcester

St Andrew’s Church Registers  The Hive Worcester

Norbury Family Records by kind permission of Peter Norbury